The wish list highlights changes the union would like to see to England’s maternity services in 2016, which includes the view to end midwife shortages.
Chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, Cathy Warwick comments: “I hope 2016 will herald some step-changes in maternity services and how they are delivered and in how this Government values its NHS staff. The National Maternity Review in England could be a wonderful agent for change and I am looking forward to seeing the proposals that come from it.”
RCM’s maternity services wish list
- Government to re-think plans to remove bursaries for student midwives in England
- End the shortage of midwives in England
- Ensure women using maternity services get continuity of care
- Government must unshackle and respect the recommendation of the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB)
- The Government and the NHS as a whole recognise the vital public health work that midwives perform.
“The Government has also got to show that it values the staff working ever harder in the NHS. They care for the people who use the NHS, the must in turn care about NHS staff. They can show this by unshackling the PRB and respecting and implementing their decisions on pay. Last year they recommended a very modest 1% pay award, which was cynically rejected by the Government, who themselves received a 10% pay increase.
“What I do know is that in 2016 our midwives and MSWs will work just as hard as they always have to support and care for mothers, babies and their families. Our politicians and the NHS have got to give them the fair pay and resources to enable them to do it even better,” Cathy Warwick added.
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